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I’ll alert the media

I passed this delivery truck in my neighborhood yesterday afternoon.  The service is new to me, but the name is a classic.

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Can it really be over 30 years now — 1981 in fact — since Dudley Moore burst onto the scene in the comedy classic Arthur, with Sir John Gielgud at his side as his loyal, oh-so-proper manservant Hobson?
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Even he might approve of the logo’s jaunty cap and just-so tie.

The driver of the delivery van was very young.  I couldn’t help but wonder — does he even understand the reference for the company name?

Perhaps he is more familiar with the cringeworthy 2011 movie version of Arthur where Helen Mirren portrayed  Hobson in a bit of gender-bending casting.  If so, he is probably confused by the logo. (Helen didn’t wear a hat.)

And thinks the movie was awful.

Young people.

 

 

 

Cheers

In honor of the first day of the Championships Wimbledon, I have posted an amazing portrait of Queen Elizabeth:

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It was created from random, found objects by British artist Jane Perkins.

There are two reasons to celebrate the old country today!

Creature feature

I have a home office, and often keep the TV on for a little background noise in the apartment.

This afternoon I am working on the couch in front of the TV.  The sound is down low, so it’s more of a pleasant hum than a distraction.

But then this image filled the screen during a commercial break –

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Geez oh pete, HBO…don’t throw around the Black Swan willy-nilly.

That’s some seriously scary shit.

No fault

I saw the movie The Fault in Our Stars today.

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I hadn’t read the book, so I could judge it on face value. No expectations. No preconceived notions. No condemnation for any meandering from the original plot.

But I’m pretty sure that, even if I’d been watching with a more critical eye, I still would have been bowled over by Augustus and Hazel Grace.

I am not a fan of cancer movies — when you have experienced the unhappy ending in real life , it’s hard to get on board for the journey on film — but I was transfixed by theses two kids’ humor and courage and life in the face of certain death.

The cast was exceptional all-around, and while I don’t know what parts were true to the original text and was what added later, to my eye it was seamless and sensitive.

Okay? 

Okay.

The brave one

Have you seen the Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz?

She posed celebrities as classic heroes and villains from Disney films: Jessica Chastain as Merida in Brave. Russell Brand as Captain Hook. Taylor Swift as Rapunzel.

They are really something.

But I think they are wasted on celebs.  I mean, regular folk would be a more impressive transformation, don’t you think?

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Oh yes, I quite agree.

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Someone had to

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Raise your hand

THIS JUST IN –

The models on The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal strike distinctively different poses with prizes!

It’s true.

price is right model poseExhibit A:  Rachel, The Price is Right

Note the ‘broken arm’ approach, open palm, hand on hip.

I think we all agree this is the traditional way to ‘Vanna’ an item.

 

 

 

 

lets make a deal model poseExhibit B:  Tiffany, Let’s Make a Deal

While Tiffany also balances her approach with the hand on hip, she elects to use a straight arm technique topped by a twisted, closed hand.

As you can see, this stance is effective both standing still or while walking across the stage as seen at left.

 

 

 

Which model pose do you prefer?  Game show models want to know!

Vote in the comments section.

(This is very important.)

 

See for yourself

My blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds of late have been filled with praise for The Bridges of Madison County, which ended its too-short Broadway run this past Sunday.

I was fortunate enough to see the show twice, including its final performance.  But for those of you who were not able to attend — and perhaps have smiled indulgently at my near-obsessive behavior — I wanted to give you a taste of the quality performance I enjoyed.

Here’s Steven Pasquale performing “It All Fades Away” for the studio recording. (The note at 3:20 literally fills  your head during the live performance.)

Building bridges

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I attended the final performance of The Bridges of Madison County this afternoon.

I bought my ticket as soon as it was announced.  Such a special show deserved an encore viewing.

It was better than the first time I saw it. Perhaps because the theatre was packed. Or because every word spoken, every note sung was the the last time for the actors and audience alike.

The performances were heartbreaking. There were three standing ovations during the show itself, and the curtain call was thunderous.  Star Kelly O’Hara spoke to the crowd, promising that the show would ‘live on.’

I worried that the final performance might be a bit depressing, but it was one of the most inspiring things I have ever experienced.

Here’s hoping it comes to your town one day soon.

Sorry, Charlie

SPOILER ALERT — this blog talks about last night’s shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars.

In hindsight, it was inevitable.

charlie whiteHost Tom Bergeron and the judges were aghast that Olympic ice dancer Charlie White and professional partner Sharna Burgess were eliminated just one week shy of the finals.

But with his ice dancing partner Meryl Davis also in the competition (paired with popular-bad-boy dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy), Charlie was dead in the water.  The two were bound to split their fans’ votes, and Maks is way more popular than Sharna.

Meryl wins.

The celebs that remain have their unique voting blocks as well.  Candace Cameron Bure (of Full House fame) can’t go a show without evoking Jesus’ name, so she has the conservative right sewn up.  Singer James Maslow of the boy band Big Time Rush has the hottie vote.  And Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy is dancing brilliantly on two artificial legs — artificial! — and paired with Derek Hough, who is popular enough to win with almost anyone.

So yes, strangely enough, Olympic ice dancer Charlie White was the clear underdog.